Faculty Profiles

There are three distinct groups of faculty participating in the program. The core program faculty are those who are able to chair dissertation committees in the PhD in the Built Environment program; the other two groups are faculty who are able to serve on dissertation committees. All faculty may teach courses in the program and will serve as resources for the students. Because the program is college-wide, Built Environment faculty are not listed here by their "home" departments; nor are they simply listed according to one of the three specializations, because many of them will participate in more than one of the three areas. Associated faculty from the rest of the University of Washington are listed by specialization for ease of identification. Detailed information on each faculty member can be found at their individual web pages. Where it doesn’t appear on their personal faculty pages, contact information for faculty members is available at the University Directory.

Core Program Faculty

Ahmed Abdel Aziz
Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of British Columbia
Research Interests: estimating, project controls, quantitative risk analysis, privatized infrastructure, probabilistic estimating and simulation. See Dr. Aziz’s departmental faculty page for more information.

Daniel Abramson
Ph.D. in Urban Planning from Tsinghua University
Research Interests: Developing world cities, Chinese urban community and regional planning and housing and community development. See Dr. Abramson's departmental faculty page for more information.

Arthur Acolin
Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Development from the University of Southern California
Research Interests: housing economics, international housing policy, and finance. See Dr. Acolin’s departmental faculty page for more information.

Marina Alberti
Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research Interests: Urban ecology and sustainable urban development. See Dr. Alberti's departmental faculty page for more information.

Alex Anderson
Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania
Research Interests: The relationship between architecture and the decorative arts in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, everyday life in modern architecture (early 20th century), the notion of ornamentation in 20th century architecture, the development and communication of ideas in architectural representations, and parallels between architecture and cuisine. See Dr. Anderson's departmental faculty page for more information.

Christine Bae
Ph.D. in Environmental Planning from University of Southern California
Research Interests: Air quality, Transportation and the environment, Growth Management, Land use and sprawl, and International planning. See Dr. Bae's departmental faculty page for more information.

William Bender
Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park
Research Interests: Sustainability, Project and Risk Management, Sustainable Infrastructure, Pedagogical Improvements in Technical Topics. Please see Dr. Bender’s departmental faculty page for more information.

Rachel Berney
Ph.D. in Sustainable Design and Development from the University of California, Berkeley
Research Interests: community sustainable design and development in an international context; urban design and planning history and theory with an emphasis on social and environmental factors; and qualitative and quantitative research methods for evaluating the efficacy of urban form, including challenges of cross-cultural research. See Dr. Berney's departmental faculty page for more information.

Branden Born
Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin Madison
Research Interests: planning process and policy/decision making, land use, and social justice. See Dr. Born's departmental faculty page for more information.

Christopher Campbell
Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles
Research Interests: Urban and Community studies, Community change, Social identity, and group formation, Cultural sociology (theory and practice), Higher education curricular development and assessment. See Dr. Campbell's departmental faculty page for more information.

Manish Chalana
Ph.D. in Planning and Design from the University of Colorado
Research Interests: historic and sustainable urban environments, cultural landscapes, multicultural planning, immigrant communities, crime prevention through environmental design. See Dr. Chalana's departmental faculty page for more information.

Meredith Clausen
Ph.D. in Architectural History from the University of California, Berkeley
Research Interests: Twentieth-Century Architecture, American Architecture. See Dr. Clausen's departmental faculty page for more information.

Sofia Dermisi
Doctor of Design Studies from the Harvard Graduate School of Design
Research Interests: Downtown office markets analysis, office building and market sustainability, disaster preparedness and event fallout in the built environment, terrorism and life—safety issues on downtown office buildings and markets. See Dr. Dermisi's departmental faculty page for more information.

Carrie Sturts Dossick
Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Columbia University
Research Interests: Application and impact of emerging technologies on the construction process. See Dr. Dossick's departmental faculty page for more information.

Himanshu Grover
Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Sciences from Texas A&M University, College Station
Research Interests: hazard mitigation, climate change mitigation and adaptation, environmental policy and planning, land use planning, coastal area planning, geographic information systems, environmental policy analysis, and quantitative research methods. See Dr. Grover's departmental faculty page for more information.

Jeffrey Hou
Ph.D. in Environmental Planning from University of California, Berkeley
Research Interests: Investigation of socio-ecological hybridity in urban landscape, processes of public participation, community design, grassroots practice of sustainability, indigenous people and environmental planning, transnational and local environmental activism, dynamic conditions and constructs of cultural landscape, comparative studies in the Pacific Rim. See Dr. Hou's departmental faculty page for more information.

Nicole Huber
Dr. Des. from the Bauhaus University Weimar
Research Interests: sustainable development and emerging visual technologies in a regionalizing and globalizing context. See Dr. Huber's departmental faculty page for more information.

Ann C. Huppert
Ph.D. from University of Virginia
Research Interests: Figural arts and architecture, Renaissance architects. See Dr. Huppert's departmental faculty page for more information.

Louisa Iarocci
Ph.D. in the History of Art and Architecture from Boston University
Research Interests: architectural history and theory, spatial theory, representation and consumerism. See Dr. Iarocci's departmental faculty page for more information.

Mehlika Inanici
Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of Michigan
Research Interests: Lighting Design and Analysis, Building Performance Simulation, Physically-based Rendering, and Computational Photography. See Dr. Inanici's departmental faculty page for more information.

Yong-Woo Kim
Ph.D. in Engineering and Project Management from the University of California, Berkeley
Research Interests: Lean Project Delivery System, sustainable construction, project cost management. Please see Dr. Kim’s departmental faculty page for more information.

Hyun-Woo Lee
Ph.D. in Engineering and Project Management from the University of California, Berkeley
Research Interests: project financing for sustainability and energy efficiency, life cycle cost analysis based on advanced risk assessment, Lean Construction (operation management), construction information technology. Please see Dr. Lee’s departmental faculty page for more information.

Ken-Yu Lin
Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Research Interests: Information and knowledge management for project sustainability and construction education. See Dr. Lin's departmental faculty page for more information.

Lynne Manzo
Ph.D. in Environmental Psychology from City University of New York
Research Interests: Environmental psychology and people-place interrelationships, especially place attachment and identity, cultural landscapes, the politics of place, community development, social justice, and affordable housing. See Dr. Manzo's departmental faculty page for more information.

Brian McLaren
Ph.D. in Architectural Design, History and Theory from Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research Interests: Italian colonial architecture, Tourism, and Politics of Representation. See Dr. McLaren's departmental faculty page for more information.

Giovanni Migliaccio
Ph.D. in Civil Engineering / Construction Engineering and Project Management, The University of Texas at Austin
Research Interests: Project Delivery Systems, Collaboration among Project Stakeholders, Infrastructure Project Management, Ergonomics. Please see Dr. Migliaccio’s departmental faculty page for more information.

Bob Mugerauer
Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Texas
Research Interests: Theory and Qualitative Research Methods, Impact of Technology on Built and Natural Environments, Cultural and Social Factors in Planning and Architecture (e.g. Sense of Place and Identity; Quality of Life). See Dr. Mugerauer's departmental faculty page for more information.

Kamran M. Nemati
Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley
Research Interests: Civil engineering materials and construction engineering, with a primary interest in concrete: Application of scanning electron microscopy to microstructure of concrete, durability and repair, and experimental and analytical work associated with plain and reinforced concrete. See Dr. Nemati's departmental faculty page for more information.

Jeffrey Karl Ochsner
Master of Architecture from Rice University
Research Interests: 19th and 20th century American architecture, historic preservation, Pacific Northwest design history. See Professor Ochsner's departmental faculty page for more information.

Ken Oshima
Ph.D. in Architectural History and Theory from Columbia University
Research Interests: the international context of architecture and urbanism in Japan, trans-national architectural history, theory, representation, and design. See Dr. Oshima's departmental faculty page for more information.

Vikram Prakash
Ph.D. in Architecture from Cornell University
Research Interests: Non-western architecture (particularly South Asian) as expression of culture, postcolonial theory and architecture, Internet and architectural history education. See Dr. Prakash's departmental faculty page for more information.

Mark Purcell
Ph.D. in Geography from the University of California, Los Angeles
Research Interests: neoliberal globalization and urban politics, social/political movements and democratization in cities, political theory, academic discourse and intellectual politics. See Dr. Purcell's departmental faculty page for more information.

Qing Shen
Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from University of California, Berkeley
Research Interests: urban economics and metropolitan transportation planning and policy. See Dr. Shen's departmental faculty page for more information.

Tyler Sprague
Ph.D. in the Built Environment from the University of Washington
Research Interests: the intersection of architecture and structural engineering, through a variety of methods, throughout history. See Dr. Sprague's departmental faculty page for more information.

Fritz Wagner
Ph.D. in Urban Design and Planning from the University of Washington
Research Interests: international planning-related health issues. See Dr. Wagner's departmental faculty page for more information.

Thaisa Way
Ph.D. in Architecture from Cornell University
Research Interests: gender and diversity in landscape history, the histories of landscape architecture as a profession, practice, and discipline, sustainable design theory. See Dr. Way's departmental faculty page for more information.

Jan Whittington
Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley
Research Interests: economic and environmental consequences of large scale infrastructure projects. See Dr. Whittington's departmental faculty page for more information.

Ken Yocom
Ph.D. in the Built Environment from the University of Washington
Research Interests: the dynamics of landscape processes and patterns, 'demystifying' emerging strategies and technologies for sustainable development. See Dr. Yocom's departmental faculty page for more information.

Associated Faculty from the College of Built Environments

Jennifer Dee
M.Arch., University of Washington
Research Interests: Theory, Design

Dean Heerwagen
M.S., M.Arch., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research Interests: Environmental Controls (active and passive); Acoustics

Brian Johnson
M.Arch., University of Washington
Research Interests: Computing and Network Communications Technologies (especially for distributed teams or work groups), 3D Modeling and Rendering, Visual Communication

Robert Peña
M.Arch., University of California, Berkeley
Research Interests: Sustainable Design and Building Performance Systems

Iain Robertson
M.L.A., University of Pennsylvania
Research Interests: Planting Design, Planning and Design of Aboretal/Botanical Gardens, Assessment of Design Education, Environmental Behavior and Perception

Nancy Rottle
M.L.A., University of Oregon
Research Interests: cultural/natural landscape preservation, educational landscapes, ecological planning, design, and construction

Kate Simonen
M.S., M.Arch., University of California, Berkeley
Research Interests: environmental life cycle assessment (LCA), integrated practice and innovative construction materials and methods

Ben Spencer
M.Arch and M.L.A., University of Virginia
Research Interests: integration of research, practice, service and teaching; the relationship between the built environment, ecology and human wellbeing in developing urban communities; design and technology as vehicles for environmental regeneration and social justice

Daniel Winterbottom
M.L.A., Harvard University
Research Interests: Culture and Environment, Place Attachment, Building as Design Expression, Therapeutic Gardens

Associated Faculty from the University of Washington

History, Theory, Representation

Jordanna Bailkin, History
Specialization: Modern Britain, colonialism, gender history, museum studies, material culture

Kam Wing Chan, Geography
Specialization: economic development, urbanization, migration, labor market, China, Hong Kong

Laura H. Chrisman, English
Specialization: African and African Diaspora studies; Postcolonial Studies; British imperial literatures

John Findlay, History
Specialization: History of the American West

Raymond Jonas, History
Specialization: French history; European history; the practice of historical writing; politics, culture, and Society in modern Europe; ritual, art, architecture in political culture

Peter V. Lape, Anthropology
Specialization: tropical island land use and agriculture, paleoclimates, warfare, archaeology and history, religious change; Island Southeast Asia and the Pacific

Linda Nash, History
Specialization: U.S. environmental and cultural history since 1865, U.S. West

Julie Nicoletta, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW Tacoma
Specialization: American art and architectural history, American studies, urban studies

Margaret Pugh O’Mara, History
Specialization: U.S. politics and policy, urban and environmental history, U.S. West

Vicente L. Rafael, History
Specialization: colonialisms and nationalisms, Southeast Asia, the Philippines, Filipino

Laurie J. Sears, History
Specialization: Southeast Asian social and cultural history

James Tweedie, Comparative Literature, Cinema and Media
Specialization: film studies, contemporary European and Chinese cinema, cinematic modernism, Globalization

Marek Wieczorek, Art History
Specialization: modern European art, Mondrian and De Stijl, critical theory

Sustainable Systems and Prototypes

Steve Burges, Civil Engineering
Specialization: surface and ground water hydrology, water resource systems analysis and design

Linda Chalker-Scott, CFR
Specialization: environmental stress physiology of woody plants

Debra Cherry, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences – Public Health
Specialization: occupational and environmental medicine residency training for physicians,
children’s environmental health, cancer prevention and control

Shannon C. Cram, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (Bothell)
Specialization: environmental and health justice, science and technology studies, critical geography, nuclear studies

William E. Daniell, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences – Public Health
Specialization: noise-induced hearing loss; long-term disability associated with carpal tunnel syndrome; chemically related illness, especially neuropyschological sequelae of solvent and pesticide exposure, and multiple chemical sensitivity syndrome

Indroneil Ganguly, Environmental & Forest Sciences
Specialization: forest products marketing, international trade of wood products, forest economics, environmental economics, life-cycle assessment, environmental assessment of biofuels

Daniel Sadi Kirschen, Electrical Engineering
Specialization: energy

David Layton, Economics
Specialization: environmental and natural resource economics and policy, non-market valuation, discrete choice econometrics

Karen T. Litfin, Political Science
Specialization: international environmental politics, globalization processes, technology and politics

Celia Lowe, Anthropology
Specialization: anthropology of reason, biosecurity, post-colonial theory, science studies, nationalism, identity; Southeast Asia, Indonesia

Tim Nyerges, Geography
Specialization: GIS, spatial decision support, urban, transportation, environment, groupware

Ramulu Mamidala, Mechanical Engineering
Specialization: manufacturing processes, production engineering, applied mechanics, fatigue and fracture mechanics

Justin Marlowe, Public Policy and Governance
Specialization: public finance, capital funding

Stephen T. Muench, Civil And Environmental Engineering
Specialization: transportation construction, construction information, engineering training & education, pavements

Charles A Peck, Education
Specialization: inclusion of children with disabilities in regular classrooms, program development in teacher education

Fernan Pacheco De Resende, Environmental & Forest Sciences
Specialization: bioresource science engineering, chemical engineering

Daniela K. Rosner, Human Centered Design & Engineering
Specialization: critical design, craft/DIY/hacking, human-computer interaction (HCI), science and technology studies

Edmund Seto, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences
Specialization: development and application of new exposure assessment models and technologies

Ann Vander Stoep, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Specialization: psychiatric epidemiology, children’s mental health services, public health research methodology

Technology and Project Design/Delivery

Cynthia Atman, Human Centered Design & Engineering
Specialization: engineering design learning, students as emerging engineering professionals, assessment of engineering learning and the use of education research results in the classroom

Ashis G. Banerjee, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Specialization: mobile robot control, automated robotic manipulation of biological objects, human robot collaboration, digital manufacturing, dynamics modeling and simulation, Predictive Data Analytics

Phil Bell, Education
Specialization: cognition and learning, science education, argumentation, design of learning technologies

Youngjun Choe, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Specialization: computational statistics, stochastic simulation, quality and reliability engineering

Brian L. Curless, Computer Science and Engineering
Specialization: computer graphics, 3D scanning, reconstruction, rendering

Batya Friedman, Information School
Specialization: value-sensitive design, social-cognitive and cultural aspects of information systems, HCI

Tom Furness, Industrial Engineering
Specialization: display systems engineering, human factors, computer graphics, virtual reality, human computer interface design

Mark Ganter, Mechanical Engineering
Specialization: solid modeling, computer graphics, kinematics and automated manufacturing

Gary Hsieh, Human Centered Design and Engineering
Specialization: human-computer interaction, social computing, social media, tailoring motivators: persuasive technology

Richard Karpen, Music
Specialization: music composition, computer music, digital arts

Beth Kolko, Human Centered Design & Engineering
Specialization: computer-mediated communication, virtual worlds, cross-cultural issues in information and communication technologies

David Levy, Information School
Specialization: D]digital documents and libraries; information and the quality of life

Robert M Mason, Information School
Specialization: social media, information management

David Ribes, Human Centered Design and Engineering
Specialization: science and technology studies, information studies, cyberinfrastructures

Duane Storti, Mechanical Engineering
Specialization: nonlinear dynamics and vibrations, dynamical systems, perturbations and bifurcations

Steve Tanimoto, Computer Science & Engineering
Specialization: image analysis, artificial intelligence, computer graphics, educational technology